Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church plans to continue offering virtual worship even when public worship resumes in the Sanctuary. At a June 25th, 2020 Board of Trustees meeting, a proposal was approved to equip the church with Livestreaming technology for a projected 2020 installation.
“This strategic initiative will allow us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with new friends and to continue an option that our current members have repeatedly asked us to provide. It will also allow us to share our musical concerts, memorial services and other sacred moments with friends across the globe,” says Senior Pastor, Scott Black Johnston.
Livestreaming technology is the ability to broadcast a “live” worship service while also archiving these videos and making them available for on demand viewing. Weddings and memorial services could be livestreamed on request. Concerts could also be presented via livestream and education events available on demand.
In March, a Livestreaming Task Force was formed in response to congregational requests and charged to create a plan making Livestreaming possible from both the Sanctuary and Kirkland Chapel. The proposal also includes video capability in Bonnell Hall and Jones Auditorium. The Livestreaming Task Force has been led by former trustee Bob Henn who so capably led the church’s 2016 brownstone renovation. This Task Force has evaluated multiple vendor bids and engineering reports, all of which preserve the historic architecture of the building. The final plan will be developed by mid-summer and implementation will then begin
Shares Bob Henn, “This is the perfect time to install Livestreaming capabilities at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, and offer our community and others the opportunity to participate remotely in church events.”
The 2020 Board of Trustees unanimously affirmed the Task Force’s proposal and asked that the Development Committee immediately begin to develop a plan for soliciting funds for the project.